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June 13, 2008

Ronnie Spector, Darlene Love, Merry Clayton to perform Toronto Jazz Festival

Written by
cindy mcleod

jazz festivals, Canada

Toronto Jazz Festival

The Grand Divas of R&B
TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival
Saturday, June 21
Nathan Philips Square

Singing Legends Added to Lineup

Three of the greatest names in vocal R&B have been added to the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival lineup. The Grand Divas of R&B, featuring Ronnie Spector, Darlene Love and Merry Clayton, will be appearing on Saturday, June 21 at Nathan Phillips Square.

With a combined resume that includes most of the greatest names in popular music, the three singing legends have worked with Ray Charles, The Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Alice Cooper, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Cher, Luther Vandross and dozens more.

The Grand Divas of R&B will replace Susan Tedeschi, who is unable to appear due to a recording conflict.

Ronnie Spector is a member of both the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Former lead singer, choreographer and designer of The Ronettes, the ultimate girl group, her 1960s recordings of such hits as Walking In The Rain, Baby I Love You, and the international #1 hit Be My Baby, remain some of the most influential and best loved recordings of all time.

One of the most sought-after vocalists in music, Darlene Love has performed with and backed up artists such as Sam Cooke, The Beach Boys, Sonny & Cher and Aretha Franklin. Currently she can be found on Broadway, in the musical Hairspray as Motormouth Maybelle.

Merry Clayton is perhaps best known for her background vocal work on the Rolling Stones’ legendary single Gimme Shelter and her work as a member of Ray Charles’ Raelettes. Merry first debuted her solo work in 1963 before releasing her version of The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss). Over the years, Clayton has established a successful career as a session singer (working with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joe Cocker, Carole King and The Who) and her solo artist work.

The Grand Divas of R&B will be backed by veteran Toronto blues band, The Lincoln’s. Grammy award winner John Hammond will open. The Grand Divas of R&B is produced in association with Shaun Pilot.

for more info visit www.torontojazz.com

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